Emails are communications we deal with on a daily basis in the business world. For some, emails are the first thing they look at in the morning and the last thing they look at before bed. They are an integral part of business and because of this, they are a great way for attackers to gain access. Email attacks are a common way for hackers to harm your business and can cause serious damage. 66% of organizations had financial repercussions from email security attacks with nearly a quarter of businesses saying the attack cost $100,000 or more. For many people, that’s a large chunk of their business revenue!
What is Email Security?
Email security is a way for you to protect your email communication so sensitive information is shielded from unauthorized access and helps prevent bad emails from landing in your inbox. Like most security, email systems have many security components ranging from the actual software to training for your employees.
Every day thousands of new malicious software programs are released that systems have never seen before and the average system doesn’t know how to protect against them. Hackers will always find a way around or through the system with these new programs but at the end of the day they always need an unwitting employee who maybe hasn’t had enough coffee yet, to open their email and simply click.
Why is Email Security Important?
Email is one of the most common ways for hackers to get into your organization with 82% of businesses dealing with email threats in 2019. Email security adds a level of monitoring to an entry point to your business’s data. Some of the top threats that enter through email are – malware, phishing, and ransomware.
- Malware – Marware is a software designed to do harm to a computer, server, or network. They come in many different forms now but the most common are viruses, worms, spyware, and trojan horses. Their purpose is to get information from you that they can use for malicious purposes.
- Phishing – Phishing attacks are when a cyber attacker sends emails that look like they might be real, usually asking you to provide security information like your password or account information so they can gain access by pretending to be you. They have started getting even more specific though and creating emails called spear-phishing emails that look like a real email from within the organization, sometimes even copying the tone of the sender and creating very convincing URLs that are only a letter or two off. The goal is still the same, the mouse trap has just improved.
- Ransomware – Ransomware is a specific type of malware that typically is sent as a file attachment to the email. When opened, the ransomware encrypts your drive and holds it hostage until they get payment, typically in the form of bitcoins or something untraceable.
The biggest threat to your email security though is your employees. Although your employees don’t mean any malicious harm (usually), they are typically unaware and their lack of knowledge is what the hacker is counting on. As you know, an email isn’t going to open itself.
No matter what type of email comes into the inbox, they all are trying to get your employees to click on the link or the file and using any method to do so. You can only have 1 out of 1,000 malicious emails land in an inbox but if an employee clicks on it, the cyber attacker has succeeded. This is why one of the most important aspects of email security is training for your employees.
Email Security with SimpleTech
When you work with SimpleTech for your email security, we help you set up a system to protect against threats entering your email as a first line of defense and help educate you and your employees.
We use BitDefender Email Security which is the best solution out there to protect your business from email security threats like malware, ransomware, or phishing attacks. Its leading tech helps prevent known and even some unknown threats from entering your email. They use AI and advanced algorithms to catch 90% of spam emails before they can land in your inbox. When a few spam emails do slip through, BitDefender has an anti-virus software running in the background to stop those threats before they can do any damage.
We pair the BitDefender Email Security solution with BitDefender Endpoint Security so your systems are working together to protect your business from cyber-attacks on all fronts. Check out all of our services to see what your business may need or check out our article on “3 Easy Steps for Business Cybersecurity Protection“.
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